Monday, February 11, 2008

Make it Work

Due to the slump in the housing market, we've made the decision to stay in our current house for at least a couple more years-sorry Kate, we won't be seeing you in Austin anytime soon. This means that we are going to have to "make it work" as Tim Gunn would say.

In order to "make it work" though, we're going to have to change a few things. On Friday night we went on a family date to IKEA to try and get some ideas for utilizing the unused space in our house. We didn't end up purchasing anything because I like to come home and look up the stuff we liked on Craigslist to try and get it for cheaper :) So far, Craigslist has been good to us, but in order to get these projects done in a timely manner and the way we want them, we're gonna have to give in and purchase some of it at full price-at least it's IKEA full price.....

"Make it Work" List

  • loft bed for Jakson's room-area to play underneath, a canopy above to remind him of the crib tent-we're not going to make the change anytime soon, but we are going to set it up in his room to get him used to the idea.
  • bookshelves like these in the living room-our house is seriously being overrun by books, but I can't bear to get rid of any of them-they're BOOKS!
  • a new storage system for all of my fabric/craft supplies that can also hold toys and has desk space. Imagine something like this, but a desk instead of a TV
  • hang cabinets (like kitchen cabinets) on the half bath walls-this is because there is plenty of wall space that isn't being used
  • build a sandbox in the backyard for Jak-he's going to want to play outside this summer and I am not-this way he can entertain himself and I don't have to roast at the park.
  • finally build the "cupboard under the stairs"-I've been wanting to do this since before we moved into this house--hopefully it's now going to happen!
  • sell the changing table and other unnecessary furniture...
All of these changes should free up some closet and floor space making me feel less crowded all the time. Now that I've written it all down-sounds like a lot to take on. I'll be honest, I'm most excited about those bookshelves :)

6 comments:

j&krosser said...

Sounds like alot of FUN!! And you know us we like fun home projects. Your List of projects sound more fun and less stressful then gutting a bathroom to nothing and trying to get it working again in one week. Don't you just love Spring Breaks. Maybe we will have to come and help you with some of your fun projects like ripping out drywall to make an under the stair closet. MAKE IT WORK

Anne said...

I remember the "box of dirt" you wanted and got for Christmas. Your Dad built a sandbox on legs with wheels, and a lid to keep the cats and weather out of. That way you and your friends could stand around the box, play with the sand, and not track it into the house. Just think of what grains of sand would do to your "wood" floor!

Kolbaba said...

Hooray for the closet under the stairs!

Katie Brown said...

i don't remember your house feeling crowded at all when i was there... i still think you could find a way to make it to austin IF YOU TRIED HARD ENOUGH....

Audra Bollard said...

can you come do my condo next? we are SO not handy. and i agree, there is just NEVER enough book storage.

mommyknows said...

The picture in the utility closet made me laugh.

Good luck with the reno/reorganization. I love it when these kinds of things get done, but I hate doing them.

MK

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